Chris Barker Band

Chris Barker Band

BandCountryRock

Smooth country rock feel with a little attitude on the side will keep you moving all night long! **6 nominations at 2009 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards incl. Best Rock, Best Country!

Biography

The Chris Barker Band is truly a family affair. Patriarch, manager and guitar player Clifford Flett has passed on his life long love of playing guitar and music to his sons and nephews who comprise the band. Formed 4 years ago out of household jam sessions, the players are Chris Flett lead guitar, Clifton Flett, lead vocals, guitar, front man and primary song writer, Curtis Flett drums and vocals and Waylon Lafreniere bass and vocals. In case you thought you missed something, the band line up is slightly confusing. There are 4 Fletts in the band, 2 of them Cliffs, one a Chris. However there is no Chris Barker in the band. The band name is a combination of Clifford's son, guitarist Chris and his grandmother Lizzie Barker chosen as a tribute to her support and inspiration, which remains influential to this day. The CBB break out a rock tempo guaranteed to get everyone on their feet jiving. All the while never straying far from the smooth country rock feel and the arrangements stick to their guitar based instrumentation. Guitarist Chris Flett really lets his fingers loose and rocks out with a tasty Jimmy Page inspired solo on "Rock and Roll Getaway" and Lead singer Clifton Flett gets his spotlight on lead guitar with his own Jimmy inspired solo on "If I Had a Dollar". Lead singer Clifton Flett's voice has a pleasant, understated country twang with just enough range and unfussy emotion to serve the lyrics intent. As principal song writer, his topics cover familiar territory for country rock; life on the road, guitars, lost youth, relationships and missing home. To Clfton's writing credit there is none of the over the top sentimentality, emotionalism, angst or patriotism popular with American country artists. Clifton's self reliant attitude is perfectly summed up in "The County Side" where he admonishes "get that tear outta your beer right now." The CBB has learned a lot about taking their influences in country and rock and coming up with a style of their own. That they love to play clearly comes across in their CD Six String Highway which smartly positions itself to be enjoyed by a broad audience. The Chris Barker Band will get you up on your feet and get you dancing all night long! -Gary Zubeck - GrassRoots News

Lyrics

Sunday Morning

Written By: Clifton Flett/ Waylon Lafreneire

Well on Sunday morning
I wanna get away
There's just too many faces in the crowd
That are coming my way
You know it ain't easy
Easy to stay away
When there's a pretty little angel
Starin' back at me

So come out with me
And I won't be so blue
I just wanna get out and spend a little time honey darling with you
So come on baby
Don't you want to know my name
As long as you love me baby I'll do just the same

Well someday baby
Your gonna know my name
I've been singing and playing for you darling here today
You know it ain't easy
Easy to play the game
When your just moving and a shaking and a dancing all over babe

So come out with me
And I won't be so blue
I just wanna get out and spend a little time honey darling with you
So come on baby
Don't you want to know my name
As long as you love me baby I'll do just the same

Well on Sunday morning
I wanna get away
There's just too many faces in the crowd
That are coming my way
You know it ain't easy
Easy to play the game
When your just moving and a shaking and a dancing all over babe

So come out with me
And I won't be so blue
I just wanna get out and spend a little time honey darling with you
So come on baby
Don't you want to know my name
As long as you love me baby I'll do just the same (3x)

The Days

Written By: Clifton Flett

Well I grew up in a small town
We had our fun when the sun went down
We'd sit around a fire by the lake
Play guitar, sing and have a drink

Ohh those were the days (2x)
I remember when we were young
Everything we did was so much fun
So fun hey hey

Baby I was born to be your man
Kissing your lips and holding your hand
Take a long walk down the beach
Every single night never out of reach

Ohh those were the days (2x)
I remember when we were young
All the love we had was so much fun

Where did they go oh now (2x)
What was all about?
When we were young

Now the days we had seem like an old song
I listen to the same one all night long
Pick up the phone and call an old friend
start those days all over again

Ohh those were the days (2x)
I remember when we were young
We didn't care about anyone

Where did they go oh now (2x)
What was all about?
When we were young

Ohh those were the days (2x)
I remember when we were young
Everything we did was so much fun
Ohh those were the days (2x)
I remember when we were young
We didn't care about anyone
No one

One More Time

Written By: Clifton Flett

Working late like a midnight train
I've got a heartache and no one to blame
Baby of mine has gone and let me be

I call her up on the telephone
I play the game but there's no one home
I guess this life ain't what it used to be

So one more time to get away
One more time to live my life today
One more time to keep hanging on
One more time to keep it going strong

Well it ain't that hard
I guess that's what they say
what they say

Getting late but it's almost time
I've got a pretty angel on my mind
That little girl she won't let me be
Twenty calls on my new cell phone
She play's the game and I'm always home
I guess this life ain't what it used to be

So one more time to get away
One more time to live my life today
One more time to keep hanging on
One more time to keep it going strong

Well it ain't that hard
I guess that's what they say (2x)

So one more time to get away
One more time to live my life today
One more time to keep hanging on
One more time to keep it going strong

Well it ain't that hard
I guess that's what they say (2x)

In the middle of a lonely night

She comes in and turns out the light
Keeping your memory away
I love the way she makes me feel
Telling me that our love is real
Well I'm not looking back today
No I'm not looking back today

Working late like a midnight train
I've gotta pretty angel I've got to say
That little girl she won't let me be

Six String Highway

Written By: Clifton Flett

Heading into a one horse town
Guitar by my side
Looking for a little place to settle down
A little place to hide
Well I've been running this back road now
Since '74
Played a lot of songs on this old six string
And I can still do more

They said play another song son
Yeah play it like you can
Play that old six string
Like you've already been
Well I've been playing here all my life
Just sitting here baby on my own
Waiting for that country girl
To come and take me home

Live life
By the drop
Well thats what they say
I've been dropping just a little too much
For me today
Waking up I can see the sun
Make it's way down
I'll set'em up with another friend
And drive that whiskey down

He said play another song son
Play it like you can
Play that old six string
Like you've already been
Well I've been playing here all my life
Just sitting here baby on my own
(2x)Waiting for that country girl
To come and take me home

Play another song son
Play it like you can
Play that old six string
Like you've already been
Well I've been playing here all my life
Just sitting here baby on my own
(2x)Waiting for that country girl
To come and take me home

Heading into a one horse town
Guitar by my side
Looking for a little place to settle down
A little place to hide
Well I'm moving this back road now
Since '74
Played a lot of songs on this old six string
And I can still do more

Chorus (out)

The Story

Written By: Clifton Flett

The sun went down
On another day
Heading down this road
But I can't wait to face the night
With you at home
I'd pull right up and shut right down
We've been here before
And we'd set out another page
Before we shut the door

Your like meeting an old friend
How you doing and where've you been
Sit right down and get the story started
Right from the beginning
Your like meeting an old friend
How you doing and where've you been
It's good to see your face again
This feels like home and it's always been

Remember when
We ran all night
Came in soaking from the rain
I held you close and you held on tight
The memory is always the same
Looking back together now
At all the place's we've been
I can't imagine that I'd have more
If this dream was to end

Your like meeting an old friend
How you doing and where've you been
Sit right down and get the story started
Right from the beginning
Your like meeting an old friend
How you doing and where've you been
It's good to see your face again
This feels like home and it's always been

Well it feels just like going home
Well it feels just like going home

Your like meeting an old friend
How you doing and where've you been
Sit right down and get the story started
Right from the beginning
Your like meeting an old friend
How you doing and where've you been
It's good to see your face again
This feels like home and it's always been

Well it feels just like, just like home
Well it feels just like going home

The sun went down
On another day
Heading down this road

The Country Side (Intro/ Song)

Written By: Clifton Flett

Well the country side of me
Has really let me down
You know I stopped letting loose
All over town
Now I've got my engine revved
And the radio on
All I need now is a good ol' rockin' song

I've gotta find some rythym
To move my soul
I want here a backbeat, drumbeat
A little bit of rock and roll
I want to find my baby now
And get her up on her feet
You know I wanna get down turn around
This feeling just can't be beat

But in the countryside
Where I went last night
You know I pulled up to a honky tonk
Yeah all the boys were there drinking beer
And staring at a badonk-kadonk
I said let's get outta here
Forget the beer
Let's head out on the town
They said just grab a drink have a seat
And let the country blues bring you down

Don't you want some rythym
To move your soul
Don't you want a backbeat, drumbeat
A little bit of rock and roll
Don't you want your lady now
To get you up on your feet
Don't you wanna get down turn around
Now c;mon let's hit the street

Now granted there's time for lonesome song
When your lonely and blue
But don't you stay there too long my friend
Cause it's bound to get to you
Catch the next train outta here
And get out with the boys
Get that tear outta your beer right now
Let's hit the town and start making some noise

Yeah you want some rythym
To move your soul
You want to here a backbeat, drumbeat
A little bit of rock and roll
You want to find a lady now
And get her up on her feet
C'mon now get down turn around
this feeling just can't be beat
C'mon get down turn around
this feeling just can't be beat

Rock and Roll Getaway

Written By: Clifton Flett

I was sitting back just a making a plan
I've got a little time on my hands
There's something going on
Down the road I know
Maybe once or twice I could getaway
Consider just a little holiday
With my guitar in my hand
I'm ready to lose control

Now I'm rolling down the road
Where time has no hold
I've got the flat top
Ready to go
Will the crossroads take me home

Every single night into every day
A little rock and roll is what I play
You can here me coming
From a mile away
Sound of the beat running through my head
The engines burning up and almost dead
I've got to make it home
Before It's too late to go

Now I'm rolling down the road
Where time has no hold
I've got the flat top
Ready to go
(2x)Will the crossroads take me home

I was sitting back at the end of the day
No more time to let slip away
I've been strummimg hard
And gunning it back I know
Maybe there'll be another day
Where I can still try and get away
With my guitar in my hand
I'll let it out and loce control

Now I'm rolling down the road
Where time has no hold
I've got the flat top
Ready to go
(4x)Will the crossroads take me home

If I Had A Dollar

Written By: Waylon Lafreneire

If I had a dollar
For each time I heard you say
I'm leaving baby
I'm going far away
I'd be a rich man
I do more than others can

If I had a dollar
For each time I heard you say
Your no good baby
I should throw you away
I'd be a rich man
I do more than others can

I'd fly away to Vegas
In a first class seat
And lose all my money
But that's just fine with me

If I had a dollar
For each time I heard you say
Your a damn fool baby
And all your friends are the same
I'd be rich man
I do more than others can

(4x) If I had a dollar

Slow Breeze

Written By: Clifton Flett

There's a slow breeze
Blowing down that old road
Bringing back memories of old
And there's no time to look away

Get ready
Try to outrun the memory
But how can I when it's got me
Like the love we have
Day after day

There's a place we go
When we are alone
That place we have
That we call our own
Remember where
The problems are all gone
A place that no one else can know

Hold on
Until we cross the boundary
No one can stop us you'll see
This time we can get away

To the place we have
When we are alone
Remember where
The problems are all gone
That place we have
That we call own
A place that no one else can know

There's a slow breeze
Blowin' down that old road
Pushing back memories of old
There's still time enough to stay

To the place we go
When we are alone
To the place we have
That we call our own
Remember where
The problems are all gone
A place that no one else can know

Duck Bay Blues

Written By: Clifton Flett/ Curtis Flett

Well I'm all alone
on a Saturday night
I've gotta get down to the hall tonight
The Chris Barker Band is in town and
Their gonna bring the whole down
C'mon baby I've got the Duck Bay Blues

It's hot in here
And your over there
C'mon pretty baby pull up a chair
We're gonna get some old friends down
And everybody's gonna rock this place to ground
C'mon baby I've got the Duck Bay Blues

Well pick up the fiddle
Pick up the guitar
Play that bass
And get them out on the floor
I've got a good timimg cousin in town
He's gonna jig till the sun goes down
C'mon baby I've got the Duck Bay Blues

Yeah there's a point
Down the road
C'mon pretty baby let's take a stroll
When all the people get down tonight
They'll be singing with the band
In the full moonlight
C'mon baby I've got the Duck Bay Blues

Well the dance is done but not the night
We'll meet at the beach after the fight yeah
Chris Barker Band is here to play
Good Harbour ain't too far away
C'mon baby I've got the Duck Bay Blues
C'mon baby I've got the Duck Bay Blues

Discography

"Six String Highway" released March 26, 2009 avaiable at CDPlus stores Canada.

The title track "Six String Highway" released to 105.5 NCIFM Winnipeg---> spent 2 weeks at #1 on the National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown.

Second single release "Rock & Roll Getaway" currently at #14 on NCI-FM's National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown.

Released "The Days" to 730 CKDM Dauphin, MB

Set List

Sets are usually 45-60 minutes long consisting of 60-70's genre covers (Rolling Stones, Beatles, The Animals, Van Morrison, Etc), Country/rock covers incl. (Dwight Yoakum, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Hank Jr.), and ofcourse CBB originals.